Letter: Residents help Haiti during crisis

Following the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, the Flint Hill, Sperryville and Willis Chapel United Methodist churches responded by providing financial support and health kits. These health kits contained basic hygiene necessities: towel, washcloth, soap, toothbrush, comb, nail clippers and bandages.

Candy Lamma, a member of Flint Hill UMC and a guidance counselor at Rappahannock Elementary School, encouraged local schoolchildren to get involved by donating items for the kits. The response was tremendous! Enough supplies came in to complete more than 30 kits, and those kits were transported to a UM distribution center and quickly shipped to Haiti.

Last month, the Flint Hill United Methodist Women added materials to the extra items collected by our local schoolchildren and assembled another 40 kits. Others on the Rappahannock Charge made school kits and layette kits. All of the kits were taken to the Virginia Annual Conference in Norfolk where United Methodists throughout the state had collected 46,477 kits! The Flint Hill UMW members are very proud of our local students for their involvement in mission work and their concern for the people of Haiti.

Rev. Leah A DeLong
Pastor, Rappahannock Charge UMC

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